ERIC Number: ED200019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Competence communicative et acquisition des vocabulaires (Communicative Competence and Vocabulary Learning).
Bulletin CILA, n32 p26-59 1980
This discussion addresses the need for teaching vocabulary in the framework of second language instruction, aiming at communicative competence and using authentic documents as instructional material. The analysis is based on "Le Niveau-Seuil" (Threshold Level), and discusses the following elements of a functional methodology: (1) the fact that education is centered on the student who is learning the language; (2) the specification of objectives and of content in relation to needs; and (3) the method, especially in regard to vocabulary learning. It is claimed that innovation is needed in the teaching or learning of vocabulary, the most important aspect of the functional method, and the most neglected. The discussion attempts to show that vocabulary, that is, specific words and expressions, is not to be taught. Instead, the teacher should simply furnish the learner with methods and tools whereby the learner can elucidate the sense and discover the usage of words. Vocabulary is more a matter of learning, of personal investment, than of teaching. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission Interuniversitaire Suisse de Linguistique Appliquee (Switzerland).